frailty

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noun frail·ty \ ˈfrāl-tē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of frailty

plural frailties
1 :the quality or state of being frail
  • the frailty of her health
  • the frailty and disability in the elderly
2 :a fault due to weakness especially of moral character
  • Satire … often employs irony and sarcasm to denounce the frailties and faults of mankind.
  • —Harry Shaw

Examples of frailty in a Sentence

  1. the frailty of her voice

  2. We can no longer be surprised by the frailties of our political leaders.

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Origin and Etymology of frailty

Middle English frelete, freelte, borrowed from Anglo-French freleté, going back to Latin fragilitāt-, fragilitās, from fragilis "liable to break, weak, fragile" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

Synonym Discussion of frailty

fault, failing, frailty, foible, vice mean an imperfection or weakness of character. fault implies a failure, not necessarily culpable, to reach some standard of perfection in disposition, action, or habit.
    • a writer of many virtues and few faults
failing suggests a minor shortcoming in character.
    • being late is a failing of mine
frailty implies a general or chronic proneness to yield to temptation.
    • human frailties
foible applies to a harmless or endearing weakness or idiosyncrasy.
    • an eccentric's charming foibles
vice can be a general term for any imperfection or weakness, but it often suggests violation of a moral code or the giving of offense to the moral sensibilities of others.
    • compulsive gambling was his vice

FRAILTY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of frailty for English Language Learners

  • : physical weakness : the quality or state of being frail

  • : weakness of character that causes a person to do things that are morally wrong


FRAILTY Defined for Kids

frailty

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noun frail·ty \ ˈfrāl-tē \

Definition of frailty for Students

plural frailties
1 :the quality or state of being weak
  • the old man's frailty
2 :a weakness of character
  • human frailty


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